Keeping Vacay Fit

Stave off those vacation kilos without sacrificing the holiday vibe

Holidays provide a time to relax, slow down and enjoy a bit of indulging but it’s also possible to maintain an exercise regime and still have fun.

I asked experienced local trainers and gym owners Katie Carmichael from KT Personal Training in Dunsborough and Margaret River Body Club owner Ian Hedley their advice for holidaymakers wanting to maintain their fitness levels in between long lunches, wine tasting and late afternoon cheese platters.

What about some family fitness ideas?


Trying to balance your holidays to suit your family can be challenging. This is where cycling tours or activities like surfing or high ropes courses and rock climbing can be great fun. Get the family out stand up paddle boarding in Dunsborough or on the Margaret River, or mountain bike riding on local trails or book the family in for a surf lesson.


And you can’t beat our lovely bushwalks – there’s no better way of exploring this region than on foot. There’s beautiful walks along the rivers and capes coastline – there’s enough to do a different walk each day, and it’s free! Small group gym and outdoor training sessions are also a great option. And as the weather gets warmer there’s so many great beaches for swimming!

What if you’re in a group?


If you’re seeking balance between fitness, fun and RnR, a fitness or yoga retreat could be a good option.

A retreat offers fun and fitness, meeting new people and getting away with your besties for a holiday. Book in a personal trainer for group training. I recently trained a family from Singapore

like this and they actually left fitter than they arrived! They were staying at a holiday house in Bunker Bay so training at their beach or house was ideal but would’ve got boring after a day or two, so we ventured out. We ran the lighthouse, hiked the Cape to Cape from Injidup to Smiths Beach and explored the Meelup National Park in between a weights program in their home.


Wellness holidays are becoming increasingly popular and we have awesome yoga schools in the region. Mountain bike tours offer a great way to enjoy nature and I hear there’s now a bike tour that combines riding with wine tasting!

Janine Pittaway

Author Janine Pittaway

Janine Pittaway is a proud West Aussie, a food and wine lover, a 25-year communications professional and, for her sins, a passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter. When she’s not working for clients of her PR business, Bright Communications, she’s out and about experiencing the south west’s restaurants, coastline and attractions. Janine moved to Yallingup five years ago with her partner Stewart and cat Sago.

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